Gunmen attack state radio offices in CAR capital

Unidentified gunmen storm Central African Republic's state-owned radio in capital Banguin in failed attempt to force entry into main studio

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Armed gunmen attacked a state-owned radio building in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), early on Tuesday in a failed attempt to force entry into the main studio of the building, the broadcaster said.

The unidentified gunmen surrounded the station and attempted an attack but were repelled by security forces overnight, the director of the radio station said.

The station announced that an unknown number of assailants attacked the radio's offices at around about 1 a.m. (0000 GMT). The radio building was being guarded by three gendarmes.  

"They shattered the control board and headed for Studio A, but weren't able to break down the door," it said.

After failing to enter the Studio, the attackers took one of the gendarmes hostage, but they left him later with a broken arm. The armed men were likely trying to announce a political statement, a National Gendarme official said.

An investigation have been opened into the attack.

It has been nearly two years since widespread violence erupted in the CAR between predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels, who had seized power after overthrowing the country’s president, and the "anti-balaka" Christian militia who rejected their rule. In January 2014, a transitional government was formed.

On Oct. 18, presidential and parliamentary elections are planned to take place in the CAR.

TRTWorld and agencies